First phase to start op­er­a­tions in De­cem­ber

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Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Depart­ment Datuk Ab­dul Rah­man Dahlan, Land Pub­lic Trans­port Com­mis­sion chair­man Tan Sri Syed Hamid Al­bar, Chief Sec­re­tary to the Gov­ern­ment and Mass Rapid Tran­sit Cor­po­ra­tion Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) chair­man Tan Sri Ali Hamsa and MRT Corp CEO Datuk Seri Shahril Mokhtar.

Na­jib said the gov­ern­ment’s achieve­ment in de­vel­op­ing the sec­ond MRT Line five years af­ter launch­ing the first, the MRT Sun­gai Bu­loh-Ka­jang (SBK) Line, showed fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing good pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture for the peo­ple.

“We had ear­lier not fo­cused enough on the de­vel­op­ment of pub­lic trans­port. This has led us to suf­fer some of the con­se­quences to­day, with con­ges­tion not only in the Klang Val­ley but many cities and high­ways out­side this area.”

The project will have a 52.2km line with 37 sta­tions, in­clud­ing two pro­posed sta­tions at Tech­nol­ogy Park and Ta­man Univer­siti. The line, stretch­ing from Sun­gai Bu­loh to Pu­tra­jaya, in­cludes a 13.5km un­der­ground track with 11 sta­tions.

The first phase of the SBK Line from the Sun­gai Bu­loh to Se­man­tan sta­tions will be­gin op­er­a­tions in De­cem­ber, while the re­main­ing route from the Se­man­tan to Ka­jang sta­tions will be oper­a­tional in July next year.

Once oper­a­tional, the line is ex­pected to have a daily rid­er­ship of 529,000 pas­sen­gers.

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